CBD oil is oftentimes promoted as a non-prescription remedy to reduce anxiety. But now, we have fresh cause for anxiety: can you smoke CBD oil?
Are you nuts? Why would you want to do that?
Okay, before we call you crazy, let’s unpack that question by doing a bit of Q&A.
What Is CBD Oil?
We’re going to get scientific here for a moment. The growing CBD market is churning out a ton of information. We need a few facts to keep us grounded.
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol (can·na·bi·di·ol). It is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa – that’s cannabis, to you and me.
CBD is the predominant cannabinoid in the hemp plant, but is also found in the marijuana plant at varying levels. The oil is extractable from all parts of the plants.
Another cannabinoid we have all heard of is THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive constituent of cannabis. THC is what makes you high if you smoke marijuana. Hemp, on the other hand, is so naturally low in THC that people do not get high from smoking or vaping or ingesting hemp CBD products. Also, hemp CBD products are legal in all states and do not require a prescription or medical card.
Unlike THC, CBD does not make you high. It kind of gives cannabis the good name many argue it deserves. It’s not recreational as such, but it’s gaining wide social acceptability. Because, basically, CBD is good for you.
Let’s just say that uses of Cannabis, especially hemp, goes way beyond the thing most people think of. And most of today’s options go way beyond the notion of smoking weed – for whatever reason.
So, what is CBD good for?
What Are the Benefits of CBD?
Medical trials are in the early stages, but it is a known fact since 1980 that there are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the human body.
CBD receptor Type 1 occurs mainly in the brain. Note that it is absent from the medulla oblongata, responsible for respiratory and cardiovascular functions.
CBD receptor Type 2 occurs mainly in the immune system. Studies show that Type 2 receptors are likely responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD.
Preliminary studies also suggest that CBD is good for all sorts of ills.
- Inhibit tumor growth. This would increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy, yet avoid damage to healthy surrounding cells and tissue.
- Stimulate appetite and reduce weight loss. People recovering from major surgery could benefit from using CBD.
- Relieve pain and inflammation. This is particularly good news for people with cancer and chronic pain sufferers.
- Reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Lessen anxiety.
- Improve sleep quality.
- Fight viral infections.
- Relieve the muscle spasms People with Multiple Sclerosis experience.
Research reveals that CBD has the potential to:
- Lower convulsions, anxiety, inflammation, and nausea
- Lessen the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia
- Reduce or prevent metastasis in breast cancer and other types of cancers
It’s always a good idea to look into the results of the latest clinical trials to decide whether it is worth taking CBD.
Ways to Take CBD
CBD from hemp is totally legal and requires no prescription. CBD from marijuana falls under many laws. The old advice of checking with your doctor before taking any kind of supplement still applies, though.
There are two commercially available types of CBD products: an oil extract, and a vape liquid. And, now a third product is coming on strong – CBD from hemp flower. These look like buds found on the cannabis plants and are typically smoked like a tobacco. So, can you smoke CBD….yes. But, it really depends on which type of CBD product to help you determine which ones should be smoked. For instance, you wouldn’t want to smoke CBD Capsules.
Because the market is breaking new ground, there is quite a lot of confusion. So the question about whether you can smoke CBD oil is not so crazy. But it is better to vape the liquid (not the oil) as described below.
CBD oil from hemp is also sometimes called hemp oil and is the most concentrated extract. Be careful though, as there are many “hemp oils” sold on places like Amazon that are merely just hemp oil designed for cooking and foods and does not contain any noticeable amount of CBD. Since it is a viscous resin, “smoking” it in a vape will probably not taste so great.
Most often, a couple of drops of the oil is placed under the tongue. Other forms of products including placing CBD Oil into products like capsules, creams, gummies, etc.
Other methods include smoking CBD using an “oil rig”. This is a device similar to a water pipe. The CBD oil is heated on a metal plate to vaporize it. The vapor filtered through the water and inhaled by the user.
CBD Tincture or Liquid
As a reflection of its social acceptability, people are already being more colloquial and calling this CBD juice or CBD vape juice. CBD juice usually refers to the CBD liquid suitable for vaping.
Many people think vaping is the most convenient way of consuming CBD.
Chronic pain sufferers report the quickest relief from vaping CBD, compared with other methods of consumption.
What Does CBD Taste Like?
Some people have said that CBD oil is unpalatable. That is a broad statement that does not stand up to scrutiny.
There are thousands of different strains of cannabis. Each one has different properties affecting taste and smell. So what is true for one strain might not apply to another. Also, everyone’s sense of taste is quite different.
Organoleptics is a scientific evaluation metric to determine flavor components. It follows ISO methodology. The FDA and the food industry use it to ensure standards compliance.
As far as organoleptic goes, you can draw loose parallels with the wine industry. There are over 7,000 grapevine varieties in the world. Wine from each one will taste different.
The properties of any wine depend on climatic conditions and the variety itself. What winemakers do with the grapes after harvest influences the wine’s organoleptic profile. The wine industry has its own organoleptic charts, of course.
And now, cannabis does too. To appreciate the range of possibilities, check out this cannabis flavor/scent wheel.
As you can imagine, there is a wide range of flavors of CBD oil and vape liquid available. It is a question of finding a couple that you like. You can always change your mind when it’s time to get more.
How Do You Use CBD Vape Liquid?
Vaping CBD is rapidly becoming the thing for the health conscious. And nicotine-addicted cigarette smokers are switching over the CBD vape pen.
Cigarette smokers say that their levels of stress are coming down as a result of CBD vaping. They are smoking fewer cigarettes as a result.
If you’re unsure about vape pens, be sure to read our article on The Anatomy of a Vape Pen.
How Often Can You Vape CBD?
Since CBD is a natural product, you cannot overdose on it. CBD vape liquid is available in various concentrations.
By the same token, just because bananas are good for you doesn’t mean you’re going to eat 10 pounds of bananas every day…
The ideal concentration and frequency of use will vary from person to person, and depend on the reason you are taking CBD in the first place.
We hope that we have managed to answer a few of your questions about CBD oil.
You’re welcome to browse around our online shop to find the oil, or vape juice, that suits you best. Remember, shipping is free, and we have discounts for larger purchases and for paying with Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. Also, know that all of our products utilize hemp as the base plant and not marijuana.